SUNY Canton Achieves Gold Status on Military Friendly® List For Second Straight Year


SUNY Canton has been selected again to receive one of the highest designations on the 2023-2024 Military Friendly® school rankings.

This is the 12th consecutive year the college has appeared on the list and the second straight year earning a Gold status. Of the more than 1,800 schools that were included, 250 earned this prestigious standing. The results will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine’s May issue.

SUNY Canton currently has 142 military-connected students, including Eric Armstrong, a retired Army military police officer from Syracuse who is enrolled in the Automotive Technology associate degree program.

Eric Armstrong

“I wanted a school and degree that emphasized hands-on instruction, because my goal is to open a small engine repair shop in the North Country,” he said.

In addition to classroom learning, Armstrong was selected for the college’s Presidential Internship Program, working part-time in the Automotive Lab.

He said his transition from the military to full-time college student was easy thanks to the guidance of Patrick S. Massaro, SUNY Canton’s veterans coordinator.

“He helped streamline the process for me, which was very helpful,” Armstrong said.

Eric Armstrong checks fluid levels in the Automotive Lab.

In addition to providing personalized support, SUNY Canton waives enrollment fees for all active duty, National Guard, reserve and veteran students. On campus, the Raymond G. Modell Veterans Lounge offers a space where students can socialize and study. Renowned for its military friendly culture, the college was also included in the 2022-2023 Military Times magazine’s “Best for Vets” issue and selected as one of the most Military Spouse Friendly® schools in the nation for 2022-2023.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.